By Gordon Robinson
In Round 2 of the NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons have the 50th overall pick. Assuming that they took my advice and drafted someone in the defensive front seven with the first pick, they would have some options with their second selection. They need more help on the D-Line, offensive line, a new safety would be nice and Atlanta can always use a good linebacker. Here are a few talented players that may help take the Falcons in the right direction.
1. Cody Whitehair – Kansas State | OG 6’4” 310 lbs.
Cody is described as smart with good hands and a great base. He has played both tackle and guard and scouts believe that his size and talents translate better at the guard position. He would be a reach in Round 1 but he may not make it to Atlanta’s pick In Round 2.
2. Vonn Bell – Ohio State | SS 5’11” 205 lbs.
Bell is a playmaking safety with good hips and closing speed. He is praised for his ball skills, sure tackling and playing with an attitude. Bell would be a nice option to come in and possibly fill in for William Moore.
3. Kenny Clark – UCLA | DT 6’2” 310 lbs.
Clark is a run stuffer who can push blockers into the backfield. He is limited on his pass rush abilities but with his power he can free up Vic Beasley to come off of the edge. Clark played all across the defensive line at UCLA and versatility is something that Coach Dan Quinn has preached since he signed on to coach Atlanta.
4. Kevin Dodd – Clemson | DE 6’4” 275 lbs.
Dodd uses a nice blend of quickness and power to get off the edge. He gets good gap penetration, can fight off blockers with his use of the hands and corral runners/QBs by using his length.
5. Vadal Alexander – LSU | OG 6’5” 335 lbs.
Alexander would be right at home in Flowery Branch seeing as how he is from Buford, GA. He has good agility for his size and is able to get to the second level and block linebackers in the running game. As a four year starter at LSU, Alexander has played both guard and tackle positions, again adding versatility.
With whomever the Falcons pick in Round 1, any of these guys would be a compliment to the team. Many of them bring playmaking capabilities and toughness, which is something Atlanta fans would welcome.